Tablets are undoubtedly touching all spheres of our lives but one of the last places you would’ve expected your 10 inch-er to be, is stuck to your refrigerator. That was, until developers released a bunch of wonderful recipe apps into the Google Play Store. Now, we find the kitchen a common place for a tablet, thanks to apps that not only get you the cooking formula, but also some really useful videos, mouth watering photos and even in-built timers for ovens and reminders for shopping lists.
Let’s take a look at a few of the best rated Android recipe apps in the Google Play Store today.
The AllRecipes website has been around for years now, doing exactly what its name says. It provides recipes for every genre across the globe and with the AllRecipes Dinner Spinner, you get that directly on your tablet and phone. Each recipe features a description, pics, ingredient list, directions, and reviews. The app lets you save recipes on the web and pull them up on your tablet so that you can use the app’s shopping list feature to keep track of what you need to buy while you are at the store.
CookPad Recipes, formerly Allthecooks, is a very popular cooking app that comes with all the features that you would expect. CookPad has great search options that a lot of apps quite surprisingly simply do not offer. Not only can you search by the name of a recipe, but also by what ingredients the dish includes.
Have you ever looked at a recipe and wondered what the instructions were telling you to do? CookPad comes with a forum, an active community, which should help you with all things food and health.
Epicurious Recipe App is another large name in the cooking app community. This app has been around since 2010 and has a vast database. It has the basic features like the description, ingredients, recipe, instructions and some photos. However a prominent feature worth mentioning is that Epicurious offers a wide selection of allied categories, including Cocktail and Ice Cream recipes.
Do you want to cook like the pros? Are you Chef Ramsay and Chef Oliver’s biggest fan? Then Food Network In The Kitchen is the app for you. Food Network In The Kitchen is Food Network’s official app and features many top recipes from the popular channel. If you just saw a chef make a delicious looking dish on a show on Food Network, you can search for it just by the Chef’s name, making it extremely easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. You can also search by ingredient, if you have a craving for something.
Another app from a famous name comes from the popular Better Homes and Gardens. Unlike others, Must-Have Recipes From BHG features over 500 recipes with every recipe packing a delicious picture of the final dish. If that is not enough, the app also has in-app purchases that will unlock additional recipes that are sorted into categories. Each new category costs $1.99 and contains approximately 100 recipes. The app also comes with over 75 videos on how to perform different tasks in the kitchen.
BBC Good Food is UK’s only international food magazine and it is not surprising that the Android app with the eponymous name is a must have. BBC Good Food India, unlike the other apps in our list today, stacks up copies of the BBC magazine for users to browse through on their Android tablets. The magazine itself contains recipes and other articles that are relevant to cooking. Think of this app as a digital magazine and a great way to get food ideas.
Are you tired of searching through a bunch of recipe websites looking for that one recipe that will make dinner perfect? Well with ChefTap Recipe App your search won’t have to take as long because ChefTap Recipe App takes a different approach to finding recipes. Instead of browsing its own database, ChefTap searches databases of some of the more popular apps that are already out there.
When you run into a recipe that isn’t in one of the shared databases, importing it from the internet is as simple as clicking the built in Android sharing button and sharing the webpage with the app.
Cooklet Recipes app shed its tablet only form to be an universal app, making it easier than ever to access this community based recipe app from your tablet. Cooklet Recipes’ most notable feature is the ability to search their database using your voice, and that too by title or ingredients. By being a community recipe network Cooklet Recipe features thousands of recipes that you can share, store, and view with only a few taps.
Paprika is not a recipe database like the other apps on this list. Instead Paprika gives you a place to easily store your recipes. If you have a recipe that you picked up from a friend or that you made up yourself, you can simply add it into Paprika by entering its information.
Importing recipes from over 200 other recipe databases couldn’t be easier though. With a simple click of a button, any recipe can be added to Paprika from other apps or directly from the tablet’s web browser.
BigOven is similar to Paprika, but has a recipe database of its own that users can browse and save from. BigOven also allows you to import your own recipes so that if for some reason you can’t find the perfect one on their system, you will still be covered. Where BigOven excels is its OCR technology, which allows users to scan recipes with their Android device camera and import them from an image.
BigOven also features a menu planning function that allows users to plan their weekly meals and share it with other family members.
Pepperplate is another cooking app like Paprika in that it allows you to find recipes on the internet and import them into the app. If you have a recipe that you like but it isn’t on the web, you can manually enter it. Pepperplate has been designed to be easy to use for both professional chefs and amateurs. One of the subtle yet great benefits of this app is its simple minimalist look and straightforward recipe pages.
Evernote Food does just about everything you could think of, food related. Browse the internet and save recipes that you want to view later. Evernote Food also allows you to seamlessly document and share your food experiences with social media apps. Because the Evernote Food app is part of the Evernote brand of apps, you can share your food across your devices whether they be Android, iOS, Windows, or Mac.
If recipes aren’t enough for you, the app allows you to search for restaurants around the world and even make reservations without leaving the app!
The Whole Pantry is another app that is unique since all of their recipes are whole food. Most of them are diet and lifestyle friendly. It does recipes like you would expect of any other app on this list but, in addition, it also features a good range of lifestyle and home articles for your general well being. For those that want more than just what The Whole Pantry offers, the app even provides an array of recommended apps and websites for users to browse.
Like its name suggests, Caveman Feast – Paleo Recipes is a recipe app for people who are interested in trying a Paleo diet. The app contains a wide variety of recipes to bring you back to non-processed meals that, well, caveman would have made. These recipes may help you live a healthier lifestyle and a lot of professionals believe it will help you lose weight too.
Caveman Feast – Paleo Recipes also promises a wide variety of other benefits including higher stamina levels and better sleep. Recipe-wise, the app offers over 200 recipes, including main courses, appetizers, and desserts.
Pinterest isn’t a recipe app, but it made this list for a reason. Pinterest allows users to share pictures and websites from around the internet, as such, a lot of users have been using it to share recipes as well. There are vast lists of recipes that span every diet or food group that you can imagine. It also allows you to search for ideas when you can’t think of what you want to eat. For example, if you just type food in the search you will be treated with a wide variety of food themed pictures, which you can explore more.
Being entirely crowd sourced and dynamic, you can never guess what you’re going to find.
There you have it, a slightly exhaustive list of the best food and recipe apps available for Android today.
Did we miss something? What is your favorite recipe app for Android? We would love to hear back from you guys in the comments below.